Makeup Brush Giveaway Winner

4:15:00 PM Jem Lawren 1 Comments

Hey Guys,

Thank you all who participated in this giveaway!

We have a winner!!!

Congratulations Nia Ram!!! you won the Makeup Brush Giveaway!!!


Outfit Post: Paint the Streets Plaid

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What I wore was:
  1. Shirt: OLD NAVY
  2. Skirt: MACYS
  3. Shoes: TJ MAXX
  4. Accessories: JCPENNEY
For makeup:
  1. Foundation: MAYBELLINE/FIT ME, 
  5. Brushes: E.L.F. STUDIO BRUSHES
Photos by:
Shaina Lee Photography


How Do You Feel When it Comes to Fashion

4:58:00 PM Jem Lawren 2 Comments

Hey Guys,

Today I wanted to talk little bit about “fashion”.

Before I started this blog, I was always into fashion, style, beauty and home décor.  From the time I was 16 and was able to work and buy my own clothes… I’ve always wanted to look good without having to spend my entire paycheck on a single clothing item.  And now that I have been more active on this blog by posting my own styles and outfits, the question of “how much did that outfit cost” has come up a quite a few times.

Let me say this, I AM A BARGAIN SHOPPER and proud of it! Now, I am not saying that I don’t splurge on a certain item…I do, but only if that item will become a staple piece in my closet….meaning I’ll probably keep that item for a good 5 years (yes…5 years!!!).  

With all the trends that pops up here and there….if one (not including the top 10%) were to keep up with every single trends you would probably go broke.  I feel as a blogger, I should let you guys know that it’s not the name or the cost of an outfit that makes fashion….its one’s own style and confidence that really makes fashion.

I have friends who follow other fashion blogger and they sometimes feel as though it gets s bit costly trying to follow their inspirations.  I have to remind them that yeah you can wear the latest item, but if you’re not comfortable with what you’re in…. it will show.

Models do it all the time…pairing a $2 shirt with $20 jeans, $40 shoes and $300 bag and she is chic, hip, cool…FASHIONABLE.

I will forever say this…fashion is all about how you feel in the clothes you're in.

What do you guys think ??  How do you feel when it comes to fashion? 

Photo Source: Jacquetta Wheeler, Ferragamo via photopin (license)


Makeup Brush Giveaway**CLOSED**

12:00:00 PM Jem Lawren 35 Comments

Hey Guys,

Its GIVEAWAY time!!  It has been quite some time since I last gave something away. A couple of days ago, I had written a post about Good Makeup Brushes for Beginners and I wanted to help a reader by contributing to their start of their makeup brush collection.

I had mentioned in the post that E.L.F Cosmetic had good brushes at affordable prices such as their Studio line makeup brushes, which I personally use myself.

With that said, I will be giving away (8) E.L.F Studio brushes:

To Enter to win: 
  1. Subscribe  
  2. Leave a comment on what affordable makeup brushes you use. 
  3. Like Us @CultureofVenus

For a Bonus Entry:   

*Follow Us @CultureofVenus

Contest closes October 26, 2015 at 11:59pm 
The winner will be announced on October 28, 2015

For those who would like to purchase the brushes directly. Just click on each brush type above to purchase them from 

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 


Fall Nail Colors 2015

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It’s Fall and it’s that time of year where most of us are breaking out the light jacket, fall boots, comfy sweaters and yes… the nail polish! 

Depending on the quality and color… having the right nail polish can really make an outfit come together. I know there’s a lot of cool, funky and artistic nail for 2015/2016 that are trending, but sticking with a solid rich color might sometimes be best. 

Listed below are some great Fall colors

  1. Rich wines
  2. Warm Champagne
  3. Dark Nudes- a shade darker than your complexion
  4. Royal Blues
  5. Rich Emeralds
  6. Toasted Orange
  7. Metallic Golds
  8. And of course the Blacks, Grays and Plums

Here are some of my favorite Fall nail colors:


Beauty 101: Good Makeup Brushes for Beginners

5:08:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

I hope you all had a wonderful summer!  I know that I haven’t posted anything in a while, but I have been super busy with my normal everyday life.  One amazing thing that has happened in the past couple of months is that I am now working for an amazing company.  For the past year and a half I have been trying to get my foot into their doors and just a few months ago I was offered a position there….Super EXCITED!

Any-who, today I wanted to information about makeup brushes for beginners. For those of you who read my previous post….you have some sort of idea that I don’t wear a lot of makeup.  I am a bit a minimalist when it comes to makeup.  However, when there’s a need to be glammed up….you definitely need the right tools to help you achieve the look you’re going for. 
Brushes are a key essential when executing any look. Whether you’re a makeup beauty expert or an intermediate skill level like me, having the right brushes will make the process of applying makeup so much easier.

Here are a few basic brushes a beginner would need:

Foundation Brush: This is the most basic brush.  The brush helps to smoothly applying liquid foundation to the face.

Concealer Brush: The brush helps to accurately apply concealer/coverage on the most troublesome areas.

Stippling Brush: Used for apply liquid foundation by patting on the foundation with the bristles. This brush helps to achieve an airbrush finish.

Blending Brush: When working with different eyeshadow hues… this brush helps to blend out harsh lines.

Powder Brush: This brush is used for applying compact powder foundation, translucent setting powder or to just simply blend out the make up on the face.

Contouring Brush:  This brush is used for achieving a chiseled effect by applying darker foundation on certain areas on the face.

Eyeshadow Brush: Helps to applying light to heavy eye-shadow by packing the color onto the lids.
Angle Brush: Used to apply blush on the cheek bones.

One way to gain experience with working with each type of brush, is to simply purchase inexpensive one like E.L.F Cosmetics.  E.L.F Cosmetics is an affordable cosmetic line.  They have good quality makeup brushes for a reasonable price. E.L.F Cosmetics is perfect for someone who is just starting their makeup brush collection.  E.Lf.’s Studio Line brushes are one of my favorite brushes…these brushes are soft, applies my foundation well and they only cost $3.00 – $6.00 per brush! 

 Buy here

You can find these brushes at or where I get my brushes.